‘Big Wonderful Thing’ Author Stephen Harrigan Explains Why Davy Crockett Was the Taylor Swift of His Day (Sort Of)
The Austin author on his fascination with H.L. Hunt, his inability to hate Santa Anna, and how he met the challenges of writing a history of Texas for the twenty-first century.
Stephen Harrigan’s ’Big Wonderful Thing’ sweeps away decades of mythmaking. Are we ready to remember the Alamo—and the Texas Rangers and the Civil War—differently?
In the early twentieth century, long-simmering tensions in South Texas erupted into a grim and brutal race war.
After breaking away from Mexico, the combative Republic of Texas took its fight against Native Americans to the heart of Comanchería, led by a group of militiamen who called themselves Rangers.
As the Civil War violently divided the nation, Texan turned against Texan.
We asked friends and colleagues to share their personal recollections of the Texas cultural giant we lost last week.
In this exclusive excerpt from Stephen Harrigan’s forthcoming history of Texas, the first Spanish conquistadors arrive on our shores, starving, haggard, and in no mood for conquest.
Readers respond to the June 2016 issue.
Curious about the reading habits of acclaimed Texas novelist Stephen Harrigan? Read on.
The author and contributing editor on making kolaches, tracing roots, and writing personal stories.
Stephen Harrigan, John Burgoyne, and Patricia Kilday Hart.
Contributing editor Stephen Harrigan talks about his new book, Challenger Park, which was excerpted in this month’s issue.